Monday, December 1, 2014

Start those New Year's Resolutions now

It's December! Not sure how that happened so fast, but 2015 is almost here. I've always been one to set New Year's resolutions and force myself to stick to them (most of the time). I like to be ahead of the game and plan, so I try to start mine in December. This gives me a head start so when January rolls around, I can already see some progress on my goals and I'm motivated to stick with them. It sounds silly, but it works.

The key to making New Year's resolutions that you won't give up on by the middle of January is to make them realistic. Sure, it sounds great to vow to lose 50 pounds in three months, but that probably isn't the most realistic goal for most of us. Additionally, make your goals things you can control. You really can't control what other people do and can't put a timeline on some things, so leave those off the list.

Here are some of my 2015 goals:

  1. Pay off my student loans and credit card
  2. Exercise atleast 5 days a week
  3. Learn to be a better cook
  4. Eat healthier (the home cooking should help that a little)
  5. Blog atleast four times each month
  6. Be consistent with my other social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

These goals sound vague, but it's the tactics that help make them happen. For example, I developed a very detailed budget to pay off that debt, downloaded a new fitness app on my phone last month to track what I eat and how much I exercise each day, started trying a new recipe each week and am making it a priority to make it to the ag girls' social media get togethers from now on.

Breaking the goals down into little pieces that you can do every day makes a big difference in the long run. Your goals and tactics need to be realistic for you. If they aren't, you won't stick with them very long. I'm a planner and need to see the step-by-step process of how I'm going to achieve a goal. It makes it so much easier for me to get things done.

I've noticed it works well when you have one or more themes to your list of goals. There are a few themes in mine, which means several goals aim to help accomplish the same thing...losing those last 10 pounds that will not go away no matter what I do (eating better/cooking more, exercising consistently), being less stressed (less debt=happier Kimmi) and the social media stuff is just for fun (but I do need to commit more time to it).

This proactive approach works really well for me, but do whatever fits your style...that's the only way you will stick with it.

What are some of your New Year's Resolutions? Hope everyone has a great holiday season :-)

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